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December 19, 1993 | KENNEDY COSGROVE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alemany High wrestler James Castaneda recently shaved his head, but sometimes he needs to let his hair down. "When you're wrestling, you feel like you're in power," the 119-pound junior says softly, as politely as he says everything. "It feels like if you want to fight or something, but it's legal." Who could begrudge him such lawful stress-relief? Off the wrestling mat, Castaneda, 16, performs a two-point takedown on loutish behavior.
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December 19, 1993 | KENNEDY COSGROVE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alemany High wrestler James Castaneda recently shaved his head, but sometimes he needs to let his hair down. "When you're wrestling, you feel like you're in power," the 119-pound junior says softly, as politely as he says everything. "It feels like if you want to fight or something, but it's legal." Who could begrudge him such lawful stress-relief? Off the wrestling mat, Castaneda, 16, performs a two-point takedown on loutish behavior.
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May 14, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Frank Blaszcak was a low-profile county employee who had just arrived in this small city in the western San Gabriel Valley. Now the 43-year-old public affairs officer, who was elected to the City Council last year, is the focus of a political brouhaha that has swept up virtually every political and civic leader in the city. A Blaszcak recall election next week represents the culmination of a lengthy battle of wills, during which the controversial councilman initiated a libel action against 11 prominent residents, dodged salvo after salvo of allegations and broke with several of his colleagues.
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May 14, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Frank Blaszcak was a low-profile county employee who had just arrived in this small city in the western San Gabriel Valley. Now the 43-year-old public affairs officer, who was elected to the City Council last year, is the focus of a political brouhaha that has swept up virtually every political and civic leader in the city. A Blaszcak recall election next week represents the culmination of a lengthy battle of wills, during which the controversial councilman initiated a libel action against 11 prominent residents, dodged salvo after salvo of allegations and broke with several of his colleagues.
NEWS
February 10, 1991
Sabino M. Cici, a 13-year member of the City Council, has been selected mayor by his fellow council members. Cici, who is 51 and owns and operates a San Gabriel locksmith business, replaces Councilman James Castaneda. Cici assumed the post as part of the council's reorganization at its meeting Tuesday. Councilwoman Mary Cammarano, 50, the office manager for a cement masons' union in Pasadena, was selected as vice mayor.
NEWS
April 26, 1990
In the City Council's post-election reorganization, James Castaneda has replaced John Tapp as mayor and Sabino Cici has taken over as vice mayor. First elected to the council in 1988, Castaneda, 32, is a self-employed construction engineer. A five-term councilman, Cici, 50, owns and operates his own locksmith business in San Gabriel. He won reelection to the council April 10. Castaneda and Cici are scheduled to assume the new positions for nine months and two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1991
Two outspoken opponents of a stalled redevelopment effort were named Tuesday to a San Gabriel residents' advisory committee that will look for sources of money for the deficit-plagued city. Each of the five San Gabriel City Council members named a resident to the panel, which was suggested last month as a way to help ease opposition to redevelopment while considering alternative revenue sources. Mayor Sabino M.
NEWS
December 26, 1993
The City Council is accepting applications from San Gabriel residents to fill two seats on city commissions. Applicants are needed to replace Planning Commissioner David Gutierrez, who has served the maximum three two-year terms, and Civil Service Commissioner Katherine Chakerin, who is moving to New York. The Planning Commission considers applications for zoning changes and permits, and makes recommendations on land use to the council. Gutierrez's term ends Jan. 4.
NEWS
May 3, 1990
At the request of the City Council, City Administrator Robert Clute will remain in his post for one more year, reversing his decision to retire because of dissension about him on the council. The council decided in a three-hour, closed-door session Tuesday night to ask Clute to stay, according to Mayor James Castaneda. The decision also ends a search for a new city administrator. This had begun in January when Clute, 65, said he was leaving after 16 years in the job.
NEWS
February 6, 1992
The city's redevelopment controversy resurfaced Tuesday when Councilman John Tapp, who had backed redevelopment, suggested a formal halt to the council's role in the proposed plans. "It may appear to be backpedaling. Maybe it is," Tapp, who is up for reelection in April, said Tuesday after suggesting that the council bow out as the city's redevelopment agency.
NEWS
November 10, 1991
Two outspoken opponents of a stalled redevelopment effort were named Tuesday to a residents' advisory committee that will look for sources of money for the deficit-plagued city. Each of the five City Council members named a resident to the panel, which was suggested last month as a way to help ease opposition to redevelopment, while considering alternative revenue sources. Mayor Sabino M.
NEWS
July 7, 1991
San Gabriel's $11.9-million budget, up $400,000 over last year's, was narrowly approved by the City Council last week despite a $145,000 deficit. City officials said they will cover the deficit by transferring money from the city's reserve fund. One firefighter, two public works employees and one Parks and Recreation employee will be laid off, and three police positions will be left vacant. The budget passed on a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Sabino M. Cici and Councilman James Castaneda voting no.
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